Saturday, December 16, 2006

DONE DONE DONE




Quilt One, Quilt Two, Quilt Three. Done, Done, Done. And on time too! Woo-hoooooo!

I decided to make these sort of raggy quilts, because, well, just because. But not every seam is ragged. I made four patches and then ragged around them. Also, the edges are raggy. They are gifts for three sisters so I wanted them to be similar but not the same.

The quilts are about 50x70 inches, backed with brown flannel. They are made from the wool shirts that belonged to the husband of the lady who commissioned the quilts. He passed away in 2004 in a terrible car accident, and she was injured very badly.

After Christmas I will make one more quilt from this wool, for Carol, who commissioned the quilt and then some wallhangings for her grandsons. But those were not supposed to be for Christmas, anyway.

I am soooo proud of myself. You see, I leave for Tucson on Tuesday to spend Christmas with family. So I really didn't even have until the 25th. I ROCK!

Oh, and my ds, 5, made this lego sewing machine for me. Cute!

Saturday, December 02, 2006



My friend Kirk Wilson took these photos over Thanksgiving weekend. The photo on top is of his house with the aurora in the sky over it. These photos were taken with a regular digital camera. I think these belong in National Geographic Magazine. Wow! I am still amazed even after living here for so much time. My ds son says they are "rivers in the sky".

Friday, December 01, 2006


So here is the first layout of the wool shirt memory quilt. This is not finished, just layed out on the floor to check it out.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

42 BELOW ZERO!

Do you know what it is like outside at 42 below zero? Me neither. I am NOT going outside today! :) I do know that it is miserable.

My parents and grandma came to my house for thanksgiving. We had a great time. In the evening my mom asked for a quilt show. I said it would take awhile as she wanted to see everything I have from the last ten years! These are her favorites:

She asks what are you going to do with all these quilts? The truth is I love most of them, and just want to fondle them and remember making them. I want them. There are some I would give away or sell, but some I just want to keep. I like to show her my quilts but then I feel bad that I want to keep them. Or that I have so many. I do other things besides make quilts, but when showing them it seems that sewing is all I do. I dont have AWANA meetings to show off, or all the games of hide and seek with the kiddos.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Moose!!

This is taken from my living room window!!!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

The moose and her babies are still hanging around. It is driving my poor dog crazy. It has been -30F for the last couple of weeks, too cold to snow. I am working on the wool quilts (see previous post). Really nothing of note going on here.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

$500!!!!

I work for a lady who was disabled in a car accident that also took the life of her husband. She asked me this week if I would take his wool shirts and make some couch throws for her three daughters. She gave me $500 as a down payment! There are 19 shirts and I can cut about 30 6 1/2 inch squares from each shirt. I figure about 120 squares for each throw, flannel backing, and see what she wants me to do with the rest, probably quilts for the grandkids. WOW! I'm getting paid to do what I love to do!!! My dog was barking barking barking this morning. It was driving me crazy! When it got light outside, I could see who was in my backyard!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

It seems that I have been so busy this last few weeks. Today the kids and I made Halloween treats for school. We had the challenging job of making healthy treats, we made Bugs on a Log and Spiders on Carrots. I figured with some gross names the kids would like to eat them. But I am sure they will go straight for the cookies. (Can't get the photo to load)

It snowed here a week ago for the first time this winter. We got about 8 inches and I really hope it sticks. The weather here has been much nicer than what I hear from elsewhere, just getting colder. Last night it was 8 degrees.

Saturday, October 28, 2006


I am happy to report that this half of the 1000 Pyramids is all quilted. I am handquilting inside of all the light triangles with dark blue thread. I am now sewing the rows for the other half together. I have 9 rows complete, so I will be piecing more triangles!!! I have really enjoyed working on this project, I think I started it in January 2006. I doubt I will have it done in less than a year, though. Sometimes it is nice to have a long term project, and this one does not require a lot of thinking with the quilting. I sit on the couch and quilt, watching Mad About You dvd's with DH.

Friday, October 20, 2006















So these are the new placemats for my brother. He gave a set away that I made for him, using the Cotton Theory, to some girl he dated for awile. I made two just to try out the pattern, and see how the colors would go together. I am using a print with many animals on it for the focus squares. I think the moose is kind of off center, but not enough to start over. Since they are for a single guy, I chose dark colors.
















Do you ever get sick of your neighbors? Like, why can't they just mind their own business? I don't complain about my neighbors to the landlord, I just think live and let live. Vent, vent, vent!!!

Thursday, October 12, 2006




I'm sorry to have kept you all in suspense about this quilt top. I have been unable to post because of the flooding. We had a lot of rain and the road was washed out along with the fiber optics cable. We are now on a spliced fiber optics cable thru another city, way north of here.
Ok, so here it is....
This is from the book "40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts" by Evelyn Sloppy. It is on page 64 and is called Fall Frolic. I guess mine should be Spring Fling! It is 72x88. I changed the yellow border, the first yellow was just too washed out. The yellow stripe really brings out the yellow in the border fabric. This is such a bright happy quilt!

Friday, October 06, 2006



Ooooooooo....what could it be? Here is just a peek!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006



I've picked out the borders! And a peek at parts of the block!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Sewing Day!

Woo-hoo! I get a sewing day! No meetings or things planned, only take the kids to school and home. Oh, yeah, fix dinner and help kiddos with homework. Anyway....So what do I work on? Hmmm. Well, first I went to see my friend, Lori, from the quilt shop. I have really missed her. I just dropped by her house and we had coffee and a very nice visit.

So here are the colors I'm working with today ...

And here are my beautiful odds and ends in the trash. The cutting is finished...Pedal to the metal!!!

OOOOOOOooooooooo! What will it be?

Saturday, September 30, 2006

This is my darling daughter showing off the apron I made for her class auction. The theme was fireweed. I had an apron that I traced around to make the pattern. The picture is all fused then appliqued. I can't believe how that mountain fabric works so well.

Guess what? My sewing room is still clean even after this apron project, and mending the clothes, button, seams, etc.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


I didn't do any quilting today but I cleaned up my sewing area. That is really an accomplishment. There is no fabric on the floor and all the pins are picked up. I even went thru the scrap bin and separated big pieces from little pieces, 2 1/2 inch squares, nickels, and took out the fq's and such that just needed to be put away. The lid even fits nicely on the blue scrap bin under the table! My dd said I made a horrible room look better and my dh asked where the aliens were that abducted his wife. I guess it was really bad.

Monday, September 18, 2006



This has been today's project. I made this top a couple of months ago, and today I quilted it. I used Golden Threads quilting paper and marked on it with pencil (not the greatest idea, the graphite rubbed off on my quilting gloves). It turned out really nice, two puckers on the back that I could easily fix, no pulled threads, and no tension problems. I put brushed cotton on the back, fuzzier than cotton, but not so fuzzy as flannel. This quilt is for a baby boy, notice the quilting design is airplanes, and I thought a dark back would make it more boy-ey. I put on a blue binding and it is finished now and in the washer.

I will have to make another quilt like this as I really like it. And making it from scrap strips is the best.

Friday, September 15, 2006



Wow! Those squares look really orange in this photo. They really are not so bright. The squares will go all the way around the top with a dark border as the outer edge. Notice how they go around the corner! I am so proud of myself!

This top will be about 60 x 80, and maybe I will applique some leaves on it. Maybe.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The quilt festival was GREAT! I got to go Friday evening for the mystery class, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. I got to meet Billie Lauder, Amy Bradley, Marci Baker, and Judy Niemeyer as well as two teachers from Anchorage, Carol Jones and Pam Ventgen. They were all really nice and let me take lots of pictures. There were workshops about applique, paper piecing, making jackets from sweatshirts, beading, quick methods, and curved piecing with strips between. All the projects were really lovely.

This is my mystery top, it is about 40 x 60. It was designed by Trudy in Valdez, who ownes the Calico Whale quilt shop. I don't know if I like it, tho. I like the colors and the way they play with each other. I like the pinwheels and the crosses. But I am not sure I like the asymetrical layout. Maybe it will grow on me.














I took a class with Billie Lauder, about quick piecing methods. She sews large squares together and then cuts and reattaches to make the blocks. And the 16 patch blocks are made so that each fabric is in one block in one space, and never repeated in that space.















This is my friend Judy, I met her two years ago at festival. This is her bargello project from a class with Billie Lauder also.













During the festival there is a shop hop kind of, around town, different stores and businesses have a quilt square and you have to go to the stores to build the years sampler quilt. This is the one for this year.

Thursday, September 07, 2006


I mostly made and finished this quilt top today, two of the blocks I made last night. I wish I could crop out the garbage can!

This top is about 60x72. All from stash nickels. The border is really an 80's blue with little pink roses on it. But I had enough, so I used that. There is a dent now in my nickels, I think I have used most of the ones I like. There are 192 nickels in this quilt. There is one hst I put in the wrong way, but by that time I was ok with that. Can you find it? Look at end of post for answer. Can you see the stars in this top? I think they don't really jump out very much. It kind of just looks like four-patches and square in a square.

I just packed up my stuff to go the quilt festival tomorrow. I am so excited! I am taking my older smaller machine, my 6500 won't fit in the carrier I have. All those little things you need, sewing machine needles, pins, seam ripper, etc. I think I got them all.

HST that is wrong: upper right corner third one to the left, top row.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Here are two more nickel blocks. They are 16 inch blocks so I only have to make 20 and with a border the quilt will be 76 x 92. The half square triangles were nickels to start with, so they end up being 4 1/2 inches. So then I cut some nickels to 4 1/2 inches and sewed them together. It is a little slow going because I haven't got the design figured out in my head yet, so I have to check each piece to see if it is right. This pattern is from the book "Nickel Quilts", however in the book the blocks are 8 inches.

Tomorrow, I get to sew all day. Kiddos and DH all in school. I will have my own little retreat. I will listen to QNN, watch Fons and Porters DVD's, eat some chocolate, play in EQ5, fondle fabric and make some more stars. I will probably not work toward my Sept. goals at all.

The fall colors are so beautiful right now. I better enjoy it because it doesn't last long. Snow is predicted for Sept. 16, so less than 10 days. It was 38 when I got up this morning. I walked the kids home from school yesterday and we walked on a path through the woods. I was just in awe of the colors surrounding me. First, the bright blue sky with puffy white clouds, the grey tree trunks and the clear yellow leaves. Green in the fir trees, and brown bark above the orange and green and yellow and red ground cover bushes. The cranberries are clear bright red, the fireweed is seeding and blowing away. The fireweed leaves are red, as are the dogwood leaves on the ground. I am amazed every season at the colors that all go together.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


I drove by the shop and got my camera out of the car. So here is my quilt top, all finished.

Monday, September 04, 2006



This is the top I am putting together today. It is inspired by a red and white quilt on Bonnie's site www.quiltville.com posted in April.

This is an EQ5 rendition instead of an actual picture because my camera is in my car which is locked in the repair shop!

The colored squares are nickels from exchanges. This quilt measures about 60 x 80.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

My Week in Review

Things I am thankful for this week:

  1. Dear MIL got home safe.

  2. White Chocolate Cherry Bread from Great Harvest Bread Company

  3. I didn’t overdraw my checking account

  4. I saw the northern lights

  5. DD, 8, started 3rd grade and loves it

  6. Finished August Calendar Quilt Block on time

  7. Fons and Porters Love of Quilting came in the mail

  8. DH left the jeep for me to drive today

  9. Chicken Soup

  10. Plenty of Kleenex

Things that have made this week a challenge:
  1. Round trip into Anchorage, 11 hour round trip to drop off MIL, always a rough trip, no time to pick up vacuum from repair shop.  AGAIN

  2. My DS, 5, got sick and then so did I, spent the day mostly in bed

  3. My car broke down, and will take $400 to fix it

  4. Missed two days of work, one for dear boy and one for me (less pay)

  5. You already heard about the wheel off my sewing chair

  6. You already heard about the missing thread after pressing

  7. I don’t think I will get to go to two days of quilt festival

  8. I don’t have the money for the car payment

  9. My LQS is closed now for good.

  10. I tried to sew tonight and I am just not tracking straight enough to get things right


September Quilt Goals:

  • Put Coffee Quilt top together

  • Finish 4 more border blocks from As Time Goes By

  • Make 20 more friendship stars for swap

My Week in Review

Things I am thankful for this week:

  1. Dear MIL got home safe.

  2. White Chocolate Cherry Bread from Great Harvest Bread Company

  3. I didn’t overdraw my checking account

  4. I saw the northern lights

  5. DD, 8, started 3rd grade and loves it

  6. Finished August Calendar Quilt Block on time

  7. Fons and Porters Love of Quilting came in the mail

  8. DH left the jeep for me to drive today

  9. Chicken Soup

  10. Plenty of Kleenex

Things that have made this week a challenge:
  1. Round trip into Anchorage, 11 hour round trip to drop off MIL, always a rough trip, no time to pick up vacuum from repair shop.  AGAIN

  2. My DS, 5, got sick and then so did I, spent the day mostly in bed

  3. My car broke down, and will take $400 to fix it

  4. Missed two days of work, one for dear boy and one for me (less pay)

  5. You already heard about the wheel off my sewing chair

  6. You already heard about the missing thread after pressing

  7. I don’t think I will get to go to two days of quilt festival

  8. I don’t have the money for the car payment

  9. My LQS is closed now for good.

  10. I tried to sew tonight and I am just not tracking straight enough to get things right


September Quilt Goals:

  • Put Coffee Quilt top together

  • Finish 4 more border blocks from As Time Goes By

  • Make 20 more friendship stars for swap

Thursday, August 31, 2006

My dear MIL made it home safe to Iowa. Easy trip, no complications.

On the way home, driving from Anchorage, we saw the northern lights. We stopped and looked, and they were from one side of the sky to the other. They even turned the moutain into a silhouette. We watched in amazement for at least 20 minutes.

I made some maple leaf blocks today for a church project. I was happily sewing along and pressed and started sewing again. All of a sudden I realized, the previous sewn seams were gone! What??!! I was totally confused, checked for bobbin thread, checked the top thread. Yep, the threads were in the machine. Then I noticed that my iron had been turned up and as I was using polyester thread, it had melted! Poof! Gone. I have never had that happen before. So I changed thread, turned down the iron and re-pieced the pieces. What a day!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Tomorrow we take my dear MIL back to the airport to fly home. We have had a good visit, played lots of gin rummy and cribbage (sp?) . I haven't been sewing much as I have been spending the time with her.

She mentioned the other day that she wanted to stop and buy a u shaped pillow for her neck on the airplane for the way home. Well, I just drew out a u shape and made her one. It seems kind of big, but she says it works great. Now she matches my wallhanging!

I am so excited about going to the quilt festival on Sept. 6 in Valdez, AK. I am taking a two day class from Judy Niemeyer www.quiltworx.com and two classes from Billie Lauder www.easymade.com . I have everything ready to go.

My kiddos go to school this week. I know they will have such fun. DD is in third grade and DS in Kindergarten. I will miss them tho. I suppose I will get lots of sewing done.

The rain has finally stopped and it has been nice for two days. The temp is about 50 during the day and tonight is supposed to be 29. A few nights ago, during a break in the clouds, we saw the northern lights. Very odd for August, usually we don't see them until Sept. And it is starting to get noticably dark at night, starting about 9:30. The fireweed has bloomed to the top, which signals the end of summer and is going to seed. And the leaves are starting to go yellow. Snow is predicted for Sept. 16 this year. I will keep you posted!

Friday, August 25, 2006

RAIN, RAIN, RAIN!

I am so tired of the rain.

It has been raining for THREE weeks, every day.

Ugh.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006



This is a mini quilt I made for dd, 8 (today!) Those little flying geese are about an inch wide, and they were paper pieced. She uses this as a doll quilt.

So little quilting going on here. I wanted to hand quilt this morning but my fingers are sore from yesterday's quilting. So I did some needle point on this pillow front my grandma gave me (a UFO of hers!). Then my shoulders were hurting so I just stopped hand work.

Besides, I would rather visit with my MIL than hide in my sewing room. :)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Josie




Look everyone! I have a picture! This is Josie, my DD's dolly and her new dress I made this week.

I have been working on small projects this week. I have made some more friendship stars (no gremlins around here this week), some nine patches for a swap, and matching pillow cases for MIL and me. It is a Michael Miller fabric called Disfunctional Family.

I finished the round robin for our church missionaries. My round is the last one. It will be hand quilted by ladies in our church (myself included).I left a lot of empty space for quilting designs. I added larger borders on top and bottom to make this top a rectangle. I made the flowers forget-me-nots, because the fabric in the center block is forget-me-not fabric. Looking at it now, maybe I should have just added the yellow because that ribbon border sure is nice. Too late now, anyway.

And tragedy this week. A wheel fell off my sewing chair! I will have to get a new one next week in town, as it was a garage sale chair to begin with.